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If my client requests reassignment to a district judge, how soon will that occur?

Answer: 

Barring exceptional circumstances, the reassignment of the case will not occur immediately upon receipt of the form requesting a reassignment if that will indicate which party did not consent.

For example, if a plaintiff files a request for reassignment four days after the case was filed and the case is reassigned upon receipt of the consent form, it is pretty clear what choice the plaintiff made. If, however, the receipt of the complaint is noted on the docket and subsequently the defendant is served, files an answer and a consent form, the receipt of the defendant's consent form is noted and the case is reassigned, with no one aware of which party or parties requested reassignment.

If the plaintiff consents and the defendant consents, consents are docketed and case continues with the magistrate judge.

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